What’s the purpose of logos and why do they matter?
But really… what is the purpose of a logo, and why do they matter? This is something graphic designers and business owners really need to understand before working on their brand identity.
What’s the purpose of a logo?
The primary role of a logo is to identify… Remember this, as it trumps all other advice you’ll ever hear. Identification is what really matters. That’s it.
Trends come and go, design tools and techniques will evolve, what we perceive a logo to be may even drastically change with time, but for all eternity the single most important goal of a logo will always remain this – to identify the person, product, business or service you’re designing it for.
This means, as a designer (or business owner), before working on any ideas you need to fully understand the environment in which the logo will be seen. Who are the brands competitors and how do they look? What colours and symbols are already owned by established competition? How can we differentiate the logo so the business stands out from the crowd?
Logo design is a strategic tool – it’s not art.
Logo design is not art – too many people mistake them for art since logos are a visual object.
Our role as designers is not to design a thing of beauty… and not to design something we or the client personally likes the look of, but instead logo design needs to be treated as a strategic business tool that will allow a company to be identified in the vast world we live in. Of course, a logo can still look good, but that should be a secondary factor when designing a logo. Identification comes first.
A logo design doesn’t need hidden meanings
Designers often aim to fill a logo full of meaning from the outset, however, this isn’t needed – the focus should be on identification. Any meaning or association will come with time through interaction with the logo.
A new logo is an empty vessel , and from day one it has no meaning to onlookers, even if it was added intentionally. With time meaning will be added through ongoing marketing, and the interactions customers have with the company’s brand.
Why do logos matter to the world?
They are the face of a business, product or service
When you picture a business in your mind, you often immediately picture the logo, be it the golden arches of a famous fast food company, or the apple with the bite out of it representing one of my favourite technology brands.
Establish Instant Brand Recognition
A well-designed logo will be memorable, helping customers to remember the brand.
Shapes and colours are easier for the human brain to process and memorise than words are. This means that if the identity is unique in the marketplace it’s easy to find and identify the company once again to purchase its services, and to recommend to friends.
Logo design influences our decisions
From our very first day we build up a visual library in our mind and begin to associate fonts, shapes and colours with specific emotions and objects. By simply looking at a logo, like it or not we will immediately make judgements, and perceive a business, product or service in a certain way.
If we think a company looks too expensive, too corporate, too fun, or too radical we will avoid it. Likewise, if the logo (and the associated brand identity) looks like the type of company, products or service we’re looking for, and wish to be associated with, we will actively engage with the company and buy its products and services.
This is why it’s essential the logo correctly represents the business, as you want to attract the right audience.
The logo forms expectations of the company, and if it fails to meet those, or if the business attracts the wrong people things will start to go down hill – wasted time and money serving people that won’t become customers, and potentially even bad reviews from disappointed customers… getting the logo right matters.
Create a Good first impression
With so many businesses in the world, a company has one chance to impress and attract. If the logo design fails to impress onlookers in today’s internet driven world it’s very easy to go elsewhere. Some business owners go down the DIY route, or use low-cost amateur designers, not understanding how damaging poor design can be for them when first impressions matter so much.
Communicate brand values & additional meaning
Although a logos primary purpose is to identity, they can also be leveraged to communicate important brand messages and values. Just make sure to keep it simple… ideally stick to just the one key idea. By truly understanding the role of a logo design, you will be able to create stronger brand identies that will perform for the business, rather than just create a pretty picture.
Credit : :LogoGeek